There's a lot wrong with a total internet down ham email replacement idea. 1. What if the email is going to a non-ham? 2. How does a non-ham get a message into the system? 3. How is a non-ham to know where the nearest ham is that can put a message into the system? Also see #1 & #2. 4. The long haul amateur 'pipe' isn't big enough to handle the potential volume of email that would need to be sent. 5. If the internet goes away we could always use antiquated methods like cw or phone. Subject to the same problems 1-4 above and propagation. 5. Carrier pigeons might be more effective for direct person to person communications. arrl needs to get into at least the latter half of the 20th century and figure out that the second 'R' is no longer valid reason to exist, useful maybe but not so much in the 21st century. Someone else has already said it, "less ham internet and more ham radio. I can't really say much here that wouldn't be pure speculation and get me in a heap of legal trouble but it looks like a lot of $$$ is involved and effective lobbying by a small but influential group is causing a lot of the current grief. Check the arrl committee reports, current and past, and come to your own conclusions. I will say when an arrl director gets everything he/she knows about a system, from the operators of the system, without further research, there may be a problem. Especially when rank and file hams are complaining loud and long about problems said system causes, with ample proof provided to back up the complaints. Start here it may not be obvious if you haven't been paying attention to League shenanigans up to this point but it's in there. Also watch Directors actions and associations for hints, can't be more specific than that, sorry.